Shadwells unkempt George Tavern may not be much to look at, but it has become a formidable cultural powerhouse under the aegis of artist-musician landlady Pauline Forster. Its in a pretty dodgy-looking locale and, frankly, it fits right in with its graffiti-ed loos, ramshackle smokers patio and scuzzy vinyl upholstery. As a boozer, its basic. Cheap grub (£5 lasagne or cottage pie) and inexpensive drinks (the usual crowd Guinness, Stella, generic spirits) are less of a draw than the scene itself. The George is best known for live music, but theres a gallery and a range of spaces for theatre and cutting-edge performance. Both staff and venue are friendlier than they look.